Russia “urges” Turkey not to destabilize Syria

The Kremlin urged Turkey not to “destabilize the situation” in northern Syria, where Ankara has carried out a barrage of airstrikes against Kurdish fighters and is now threatening to launch a ground operation.

“We understand Turkey’s concerns about its own security…

“But at the same time, we call on all parties to refrain from any initiative that could lead to serious destabilization of the overall situation,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a news conference.

Earlier, the president of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, called on Ankara to “restraint”.

Speaking in Strasbourg, Ms Metsola noted that “the airstrikes, which we are seeing in northern Syria and Iraq after the Istanbul bombing, are costing even more lives and causing more bloodshed.”

“I call on the Turkish authorities to show restraint and respect international law and international standards,” he added.

It is recalled that on Sunday, the Turkish armed forces began pounding positions of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) and YPG (People’s Protection Units) organizations in areas of northern Iraq and northern Syria respectively.

Yesterday, Monday, the German Greens also condemned the raids.

After consultations with the party’s Bureau, the leader of the Greens, Ricarda Lange, called for clarification of the background of the terrorist attack in Istanbul last week.

Likewise, the US has expressed its opposition to actions that destabilize Syria and violate Iraq’s sovereignty.

A US State Department press release stated that Washington “expresses our sincere condolences for the loss of civilian life in Syria and Turkey” and urges a “de-escalation in Syria to protect civilian life and support the common cause of defeat the Islamic State (ISIS)’.

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